MacBook Running Hot?

Recently my faithful MacBook Black (2006 – 2GHz Core Duo) has started to get a little hot under the collar.

When I say hot under the collar, I really mean the underside of the chassis gets so hot that you can’t put it on your lap comfortably – even with jeans on! And what is hot? My processor is getting-up to 190 degrees plus….resulting in 6000+rpm processor fans and the spinning beachball of doom.

Time for a little investigation – hardware, software or both? Read more of this post

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Apple iCloud Pricing Unleashed

On Monday, Apple released it’s new Apple iCloud service to beta and made it available to registered Apple Developers. The launchpad for the service is openly available for all to see, with logins restricted to those who part with their $99 for an iOS Developers subscription. Also released was more information on what subscribers will have to pay to upgrade the storage provision.

Apple announced in June that all iOS5 and Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) users will automatically get 5GB of storage in the iCloud as part of their service provision. For those who don’t think 5GB will cut it, users will be able to upgrade their storage by paying a tiered price:

  • 15GB for $20/year
  • 25GB for $49/year
  • 55GB for $100/year
For more information on iCloud Pricing, good article for 9to5Mac here. Read more of this post

Install Mac OSX 10.7 Lion on Unsupported Processors

Having waited with baited breath over the release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, I was disappointed to find out that my particular brand of MacBook Black (Intel Core Duo 2.0GHz from 2006 – EveryMac.com spec here) was officially not supported. Read more of this post

Creating a Mac OS X Lion Install DVD

I’ve recently been investigating installing Lion (Mac OS 10.7) on by faithful MacBook Black, and have come up with a bit of a warning for those who want to create an installable USB image or Install DVD prior to upgrading their Leopard or Snow Leopard installations. Read more of this post